YOU’VE HEARD… Winter is coming and its impending cold is as unavoidable as opening a winter fashion article with a Game of Thrones reference. When you’re not under piles of blankets binge watching your favourite show and out on the town, you don’t need to bulk up the layers like a member of the Night’s Watch [ok, stopping with the GoT references now]. Here’s a guide to looking cool without the cold.
I recently bought a pair of raw denim jeans. I was told by the cashier to never put them in a washer and to instead freezer-wash them. Can you tell me how to freezer-wash my jeans, and does it work? Never put your jeans through the wash? Freezer-wash them? Is this an urban myth, hipster advice, or the next great discovery in clothing preservation? Levi’s, in an attempt to reduce water waste, urged
Wool: will is the most popular natural fibre for suits. The properties of warmth, drape and the finished appearance make it ideal for all types of formal wear. Suits and jackets made from wool should be dry-cleaned as washing a wool suit can be very detrimental to the fabric, the lining and the internal construction of the garment. You can maintain the appearance of wool by hanging in on a correctly-fitting hanger when not in use. Gentle ironing at a
You’re a young professional with the right clothes to look the part, but wrinkles put a crinkle in your appearance. Without having mom around to iron your dress shirt, you’re left to spearhead the dreaded task yourself. Fear not, brave young man; we’ll show you the best way to iron your dress shirt. Warning: always check the shirt’s fiber type and adjust the heat of your iron accordingly. If you don’t know the fiber, iron
Men are good at sports, cars, and lifting things. Of the many talents that men do possess, there is a small skill section that a lot of them lack. Laundry & ironing are likely tasks you’ve had your mother’s assistance with for the majority of your life until the duty was transferred to your wife or girlfriend. But it is time to man up, & master these skills. Ironing is a necessary life skill in
Before starting your laundry, always check the symbols on a garment’s tag to ensure you get the best wear out of your clothing. Some manufacturers have simply started to write out laundry instructions instead of using those alien-language symbols, and if that sounds like your labels, you’re one of the lucky ones. You don’t have to worry about
The most common misconception about linen is that it HAS to be dry-cleaned. Not true! Linen is actually stronger when wet and the more you wash linen, the nicer it becomes. However, colours can fade or the fabric can shrink. This happens with the fabric is not dyed with a colourfast dye or is not stabilized properly. Generally, the warmer the water you use to wash your linen, the more the fabric will shrink. Select an appropriate detergent
You’ve invested time, effort, and money into curating your wardrobe. Like any other investment, you have to put time, effort, and money into maintenance in order to see long-term benefits. A poorly maintained wardrobe looks drabby and worn out, so buying higher end items looks like a waste when it turns into a wrinkled mess after one wear. Proper
Wearing a pair of socks twice certainly isn’t a crime, but don’t listen to the guy who says it’s OK to wear underwear four times (front, front inside-out, backwards, backwards inside-out). So how many times should you wear an article of clothing before washing it? The list below can help
Wedding season is in full swing and there’s a good chance that involves jetting across the country for a wedding or two. You may have mastered the art of going through airport security stress-free but nothing puts a wrinkle in a great outfit or suit quite like, well, wrinkles! Whether you’re packing for a wedding or any other trip, the right folding technique will ensure that your suit will come out
– Always read the labels. – Sort and separate according to colour, check pockets, etc. – Pre-treat and stains on the collars and cuffs. – Load the machine, add detergent, bleach* (if required for whites) and softener**. – Choose the correct cycle, temperature and time…the shorter the better. Set your dryer temperature accordingly, use Permanent Press if required. Air fluff works well for most shirts. Remove when damp. – Iron immediately.
Don’t throw your suit jacket in the hamper after wearing it. Don’t wash your suit jacket after each wear. These tips may be obvious, but we’ve put together a list of key, not-so-obvious maintenance questions and answers that will help you prolong the life of your professional outfits. How often should I send a suit or sport jacket to the cleaners? Unless it’s stained, once or twice a year is enough. The more trips to the cleaner,
Always clean, polish, protect and condition your shoes. Your shoes have rain stains, leather scuffs and look five years old when they’re only one. Want to keep your shoes looking new for more than a year? Follow these four practices. Clean. Cleaning is the removal of scuffs, excess dirt or mud from your shoes. One-step treatments like Kiwi Clean offer advanced formulas for cleaning
You’ve put a lot of money into your suitings and the accessories that go with. Make sure to take care of your garments in the best way possible. Unless your suit is stained, twice a year to the dry-cleaners is plenty. Remember, the more trips to the cleaners your suit takes, the shorter life span it has. Always remove your clothing from the dry-cleaning bags as soon as you get home as they trap moisture and can cause the lining
Don’t let your favourite piece of clothing stay out of commission simply because of a missing button. Because at some point, a button will fall off your suit jacket, shirt, or maybe even pants, and it may be last minute, and you most likely won’t have the time to take it to a tailor. It’s simple anyways, just sew it back on!
How do you wash your clothes without ruining them? There’s more than one way to wash a garment, but when in doubt follow the care label just to be safe. However, if your clothes are simple, sturdy, and colorfast, there’s a good chance they are machine washable and won’t need to go to the drycleaners. Poly/cotton garments are durable, easy to maintain and holds its shape after each wash. The polyester provides more durability, resists fading whereas the cotton allows
Shrek the Sheep hid in a cave for six years to hide from being shaved, probably because he didn’t want to give up his treasure. Wool is a natural fabric that is primarily produced from sheep coats. It is naturally an absorbent fiber, which makes it comfortable to wear in both warm and cold climates. If you properly care for your delicate wool garments,
WHAT MAKES WRINKLE-FREE SHIRTS HARMFUL? Has it come to a point in society that we’re so lazy we can’t iron our own shirts and we instead rely on harmful chemicals to save us the hassle? Wrinkle-free shirts are on the Fox News list of the top 6 sneaky cancer culprits. That’s because wrinkle-free shirts are soaked in formaldehyde, the same chemical that preserves corpses. Any